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View Poll Results: What actor did your favorite portrayal of Batman?
Adam West 1 2.78%
Michael Keaton 17 47.22%
Val Kilmer 0 0%
George Clooney 1 2.78%
Christian Bale 17 47.22%
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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What actor did your favorite portrayal of the Dark Knight?

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Old 05-26-2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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Keaton, with Adam West a close second.

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Old 05-26-2014, 01:02 PM   #3
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What?!? No Kevin Conroy?

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Keaton to the end.

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Bale
Keaton
Kilmer
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Clooney

Live action Batmen only.

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Bale with Keaton a not too distant second.

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Christian Bale.

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Christian Bale:





Followed by Keaton (fantastic GIF a couple of posts up).

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1. Bale
2. Kilmer
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Bale.

I'm also very partial to West for the campy portrayal.

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Bale.

I'm also very partial to West for the campy portrayal.
Likewise.

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Keaton by far.

Honorable Mention for Adam West.

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Keaton and Bale neck and neck..

People should give massive credit to Adam West, though. He made Batman massively popular. Without him, there would be no subsequent Batmans.

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Keaton and Bale neck and neck..

People should give massive credit to Adam West, though. He made Batman massively popular. Without him, there would be no subsequent Batmans.
Right. Without Adam West's campy portrayal of Batman in the 60's no one would have ever wanted to see Batman on screen again.

The logic of that statement is baffling. That's like saying if Nick Hammond didn't portray Spider-Man in the 1970's TV show, there never would have been a Spider-Man movie.

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I should've ranked West as #4 and Clooney as #5, but forgot, so I'm doing so now.

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As Batman: Keaton
As Bruce Wayne: Bale

Honorable Mention: West

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Going against the grain, I voted West

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Right. Without Adam West's campy portrayal of Batman in the 60's no one would have ever wanted to see Batman on screen again.

The logic of that statement is baffling. That's like saying if Nick Hammond didn't portray Spider-Man in the 1970's TV show, there never would have been a Spider-Man movie.

Same reaction here. Orlok tends to pull stuff from up in the clouds.

I don't think Adam West's portrayal of Batman had anything to do with the '89 movie coming to fruition. In fact, it may have hindered it. After all, it did take the producers and WB the entire length of the 1980s to finally "get it right."

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Yeah. The 'Dark Knight Returns' mini by Miller had a lot more to do with the '89 movie coming out than anything West did two decades before that.

I'm very conflicted about the campy West Batman series. I like it for laughs sometimes, but it really did do long-term harm to the character by saddling his media representation with a campy persona he couldn't shake until DKR in the '80's, and would resurface with the Schumaucher films. I know the Batman comics were pretty terrible and campy in the 50's and 60's too, but it's the West series that sends shivers down a comicbook fan's spine when it's referenced as an inspiration by a director or studio doing a Batman film.

This Onion article from before TDKR came out in 2012 is a great parody of every Batman fan's worst nightmare. http://www.theonion.com/articles/dar...hearted,28746/

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Same reaction here. Orlok tends to pull stuff from up in the clouds.
Without the 60s show, Batman would not be as popular.. the comics may still have been in circulation.. but the 60s series helped Batman become a household name.

Adam West was key to making that show work. I mean, if they chose Lyle Waggoner instead.. see for yourself:

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Okay, who's the wise guy who voted for Clooney?

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Without the 60s show, Batman would not be as popular.. the comics may still have been in circulation.. but the 60s series helped Batman become a household name.

Adam West was key to making that show work. I mean, if they chose Lyle Waggoner instead.. see for yourself:

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Your argument is ridiculously flawed. If anything the West show hindered a serious film portrayal of Batman, rather than helped it.

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Your argument is ridiculously flawed. If anything the West show hindered a serious film portrayal of Batman, rather than helped it.
I don't know about that.. it didn't seem to affect the comics too much beyond the 60s.

Besides, the Batman movie was in development hell for ~10 years.

The success of Superman the movie is what really paved the way for Batman. Despite campy elements, the Superman movie was a serious take.. something that had never been done before. It's just that it took them years to get the Batman movie made.

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